Snugly within the Pennines and sitting between the Irk and Medlock rivers is Oldham, Greater Manchester. Being just 7 miles from Manchester city centre, it is closely tied to the city in terms of character and opportunities.
Oldham developed due to the upsurge in the textile industry in the 19th century, indeed being a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution. It was hugely important, and indeed was at one point the most productive cotton mill town globally. Unfortunately, with decline of the textile processing industry in the UK Oldham’s economy was severely affected. It has now found its place as a largely residential town with a gradually increasing focus on performing arts and further education.